I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English lufu; akin to Old High German luba love, Old English lēof dear, Latin lubēre, libēre to please Date: before 12th century 1. a. (1) strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties <
maternal love for a child
(2) attraction based on sexual desire ; affection and tenderness felt by lovers (3) affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests <
love for his old schoolmates
b. an assurance of love <
give her my love
2. warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion <
love of the sea
3. a. the object of attachment, devotion, or admiration <
baseball was his first love
b. (1) a beloved person ; darling — often used as a term of endearment (2) British — used as an informal term of address 4. a. unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another: as (1) the fatherly concern of God for humankind (2) brotherly concern for others b. a person's adoration of God 5. a god or personification of love 6. an amorous episode ; love affair 7. the sexual embrace ; copulation 8. a score of zero (as in tennis) 9. capitalized, Christian Science god II. verb (loved; loving) Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to hold dear ; cherish 2. a. to feel a lover's passion, devotion, or tenderness for b. (1) caress (2) to fondle amorously (3) to copulate with 3. to like or desire actively ; take pleasure in <
loved to play the violin
4. to thrive in <
the rose loves sunlight
intransitive verb to feel affection or experience desire

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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